Autopsy report finds cocaine and alcohol in Jose Fernandez’s system

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Former Marlins’ pitcher Jose Fernandez was found to have cocaine and alcohol in his system prior to the fatal boat crash that occurred in September, per a report by the Miami Herald.

The Miami-Dade County Medical Examiner’s Office released the toxicology report on Saturday, which revealed a blood-alcohol content level of 0.147, well above the legal limit of 0.08. All three men, including Fernandez’s friends Jesus Macias and Eduardo Rivero, were found with BAC above 0.044, but only Fernandez and Rivero were determined to also have cocaine in their systems. Per Tim Elfrink of the Miami New Times, Fernandez had 0.126 mg/L of cocaine in his system at the time of his death.

The Herald received the report after suing the Medical Examiner’s Office on Friday, contending that the pending investigation surrounding the incident could not result in any criminal charges due to the death of all involved parties. Any information identifying the driver of the boat has not been released, though Elfrink notes that prior information appears to rule out Rivero’s involvement.